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Marvel Studios changed his origin, but the Vision‘s true roots were seen in Captain America: The First Avenger.
In the comics, the Vision was modeled after the original Human Torch.
Unlike the more familiar Human Torch in the Fantastic Four, he was actually an android.
Created by writer/artist Carl Burgos, the Human Torch debuted in Marvel Comics No. 1 in 1939.
In other words, the Human Torch is actually one of Marvel’s first superheroes alongside Namor the Sub-Mariner.
Moreover, since the Human Torch was on the cover, it could be argued the Marvel Universe began with him.
He was invented in the comics by scientist Phineas Horton.
If any of this sounds familiar, watch 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger again. There’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene with the original Human Torch.
It was at the 1943 Stark Expo. He was Horton’s “The Synthetic Man.”
Some called it an Easter egg or a homage.
Nevertheless, the cameo dropped a puzzle piece that paved the way to the Vision.
There was never a direct connection made between the two in the MCU.
But it was a sly hint of what was coming.
Unfortunately, Fox probably owned the Human Torch rights then as they were attached to the Fantastic Four.
The Human Torch became police officer Jim Hammond of the NYPD. When he wasn’t flaming on, he went after criminals as a cop.
Captain America And Vision’s Connection Comes From The Human Torch
Now that Marvel Studios has the Human Torch rights, could they explore this character in the MCU?
I don’t know.
Nevertheless, there’s a substantial amount of unexplored territory here.
For example, what exactly happened in the MCU while Captain America was frozen in ice?
Was the Human Torch active?
Did he join forces with Namor and other Golden Age heroes as the Invaders like in the comic books?
Somehow I can’t see Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige dropping the original Human Torch in 2011 without any thoughts of using him in the future.